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Meet David Beavan our Parliamentary Candidate

November 2, 2019 12:23 PM

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David Beavan has been selected as the new Liberal Democrat PPC for South Suffolk, following Ross Henley's decision to step down for personal reasons.
David is a well-known figure in East Suffolk and is the respected councillor for Southwold. He is an experienced campaigner who has successfully fought for the interests of his local communities and will do the same for South Suffolk.
David grew up in North Hertfordshire where he farmed and became only the second grower in the country to supply organic vegetables to supermarkets. He stood for the SDP in Waveney in 1987 gaining the best third party vote ever. Afterwards he moved to Southwold when his wife suddenly died and he had to look after two young children.
He combined water sports instruction with lecturing and teaching until he became a professional sail training skipper in the 1990's, restoring a 127 year old racing boat and taking underprivileged young people to sea from Lowestoft.
He won the safe Conservative council seat of Southwold for the Liberal Democrats in July 2018 with 70% of the vote and he was re-elected last May with 80% support, the highest personal vote in East Suffolk.
Last year, he successfully persuaded the Government to look at a loophole which allows second home owners to get away without paying either council tax or rates.
He lives with his partner Pamela. His son Jake works for Citizens Advice as a policy adviser and lives in Dedham with a French wife and two boys. His daughter Emily is a high-flying architect in London. David has helped run Southwold Rugby Club for 20 years and has returned from supporting England at the Rugby World Cup in Japan

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